September 09, October 09,
November 30, 2009
We went exploring this morning. We wanted to see the sailboat, we
noticed last night as we entered Destin Harbor. It appeared to be
on the rocks, but it really was on the beach. There was a tent
near by with a generator and an ice box. There were "no
trespassing" signs posted on the boat. No one answered when
yelled hello. We are wondering what the story is. They are
on the beach right in front of land that is marked as part of Eglin Air
The boat is really buried in the sand.
The anchor appears to be under the boat.
It will be a major project to get this boat off the sand.
Probably the best way would be to lift it on a flat bed trailer
and drive it out. With the storm expected the next couple of days, it
could get buried deeper in the sand.
November 28, 2009
Our second day on the ICW was more of the same with unfinished
projects, but we also began to see damaged boats and docks that had not
been repaired, perhaps from tropical storm IDA.
This poor boat appeared to be totally abandoned.
The white motorboat passed us in the ICW, then got stuck in sand in a
shoaled area. We were not far behind him and we also got stuck,
but we were able to work ourselves loose. The blue power
boat pulled the other boat loose. It turned out that one of the
green markers was missing which made appear this area was within the
channel. We were headed to Ft. Pickens (pictures are in our
photo album). On the way back to our chosen anchorage, we passed
the barge below, which had also run aground.
The Captain of this barge must have done the same as us, with the
missing green he cut inside of the channel and got stuck. He was
blocking half of the channel, but traffic was able to go around behind
him. If you look close you can see the green can about midway
down his side; the green can should have been on his right side. It
took him some time to work his way loose.
We shared this anchorage with about 10 other boats.
Por Fin behind us in the sunset.
November 27, 2009
We tied-up at this abandoned unfinished marina last night. We
pondered the story as we looked around at what should have been a
thriving marina. Today as we traveled the Intercoastal Waterway
(ICW) we noticed many unfinished building projects, several
marina sites and at least one business complex. We wondered if it
was the damage from the hurricanes in recent years or just the
recession. A lot of money has been invested that is going
to waste as these project just sit.
Looks like this would have been a nice facility.
Very protected with easy access to shore for Edie.
November 18-26, 2009
We will be staying here at the Turner
Marina for the next week, while we get Snow Goose ready to sail.
We will tune the rigging and we have some repairs to make.
Also, we are changing much of our storage around to better suit
our needs. And believe or not I have caught up the website and Picasa
web albums. Check out the album on stepping the masts.
November 26, 2009
We were invited to have Thanksgiving dinner with Lisa, David and Jeremy
on their boat Sage. Unfortunately, their oven broke and
fortunately ours worked. They brought the dinner to our boat and
cooked in our oven, then joined us on our boat for a great dinner.
Rich and I had a great time listening to their boat stories and
appreciated the information they gave about the Bahamas.
November 25, 2009
Turner Marine sponsored a very nice potluck at the marina. Lots
of good food, good company and a good time was had by all.
For several days I tailed for Rich as he climbed up and down the masts
putting on parts, making repairs and varnishing.
Sanding away to prep for the varnish.
Sanding on the mizzen.
Rich hamming it up for the camera. (actually, she left me up there and
I'm pleading to be let down)
Rich repairing the genoa. As the old saying goes...a stitch in time
Rich replacing stitches that had come loose. Sometimes, a good needle
is faster then getting the sewing machine out .
November 22, 2009
Rich decided to put dividers in our main
pantry storage. This allows us to get rid of the cardboard boxes in the
pantry and it gives us additional storage space. We're keeping
busy, but we probably won't get everything we want to do, done.
Rich clearing out the aft pantry.
Rich prepared the wood dividers using his hand tools.
Rich installed the dividers using wood braces and brass screws.
Three divider, four...
November 18, 2009
David Lake was a beautiful peaceful setting. There were
businesses on two sides of the lake, but rest was surrounded by trees
and shrubs. However, the water was so high the only available
areas to land Edie were near the businesses.
We anchored near this industrial platform that was in the lake.
It appeared that this business was producing large equipment.
November 17, 2009
When we came to this cabled train bridge; it was already open, so
we just motored through. A few minutes later we heard another
pleasure craft ask for the bridge
to be raised. They were told the bridge was being tested and they would
have to wait at least a half hour.
This is the close-up detail of the bridge.
It looks like someone lost their roof to the storm waters.
A really neat crane!
November 16, 2009
Rich and I doing the happy dance - the last lock.
The control building for the Coffeeville Lock.
The backwaters to the Coffeeville Dam.
The mooring cells for barges were almost under water next to the
Turbulent water leaving the Coffeeville Lock.
November 15, 2009
When approached these bridges, the train bridge was already up,
although we didn't need it to raise.
This set of double bridges was below Demopolis. The older
bridge with it's arches has more character.
The water below the Demopolis Lock was about 20 ft above pool.
This is clearly evident in this picture; the stairs end in the
water and dock is not visible. This scenario was repeated time and time
again as we motored down the lower Tombigbee. One good thing was
the added water flow increased our speed by a 1 1/2 kts.
After leaving the Demopolis Lock , the water was very turbulent. You
can see the dam was overflowing.
November 14, 2009
This warning sign prepared us for what was ahead.
First we saw dredging pipes along the side of the river.
Then we saw a crane laying dredging pipe along the river.
As we came around a curve, we saw this barge along the side. It
carries the equipment to dredge the river. We spoke to the barge
captain requesting permission to pass, which was granted.
As we passed the dredging barge, it started moving out to continue it's
November 13, 2009
We motored up the loop of the Tombigbee River, just down from the
Howell Heflin Dam. We scrambled up the hillside, then walked
across the field to go into town. The grass in the field was bent and
there were deer tracks in the mud. When we were about half way across
the field, a six point buck ran out in front of us across the field ,
under the bridge and disappeared in the woods on the far side. The deer
passed us about 100 ft away and my camera was in my purse.
November 12, 2009
We turned into this cut-off to visit the Waverly Mansion, http://www.wpnet.org/waverley_mansion.htm.
It is a restored plantation mansion that is located in Mission
Point Mississippi and is supposed to be accessible by water. I
really wanted to visit the site, but we got stuck three times trying to
pull into the cut-off to anchor.
This marina is on a channel at the beginning of the Waverly cut-off.
We tried to pull up to the sea wall to tie off, then we could
have walked the half mile to the mansion. It was not to be, we
got stuck again. Our guidebook had lied, there was not 20 feet of
water in this cut-off. Of course the guidebook is 14 years old,
so things do change.
We passed these goats along the river and they ignored us.
November 11, 2009
We had locked down with these motor yachts in the Glover Wilkins Lock.
We waited 20 minutes for them to make it to the lock. The day
before My Way has to wait on us a couple of times.
This is the fourth boat we locked down with Queen Anne's Revenge.
We met them on the Mississippi at Hoppies.
There was a commercial tow ahead of us at the Aberdeen Lock, so the
motor yachts all decided to go into the Aberdeen Marina. We tried
to go into the Blue Bluff Recreation Area, but the channel was to
shallow, so we went on to the lock and the lock master allowed us to
lock down with the commercial tow - yeah!!
November 10, 2009
We contacted the Shoals Animal Hospital today for follow-up on Edie.
I emailed pictures of her wounds to Dr. Clopton and she said
the wounds look good. Edie is getting more active and perky.
A Blue Heron inside of the lock looking for fish caught up in the lock
He walked across the lock door and actually caught a couple of fish.
It was the first time we have seen a bird inside the lock.
November 9, 2009
Anna sitting in the dinghy after collecting sand for Edie's litter box.
We are trying different things to get Edie to go on board.
Anna decided to try her hand at fishing and wanted minnows as bait.
So she got into the dinghy and took off.
She tried and tried to net some minnows,
but was unsuccessful. Eventually she gave up and tried fishing
with a lure. First she had to learn to cast the line. At first she kept
getting the lure caught on the line or on the rod, but eventually she
began to get the hang of it. It always helps when you have the
fishing reel right side up.
November 8, 2009
Rich was dying of curiosity to see what was on the other of the
Divide cut walls. When he saw this dock on the side of the
channel, he pulled over, climbed up and disappeared leaving Edie and I
behind. He was gone a good while, only to find just flat fields on the
The top of the barge dock was about 8 ft. higher than the deck of
the Snow Goose. Rich had to stand on the stantion to climb up.
November 7, 2009
These are three of the four boats we shared the Zippy Branch anchorage
with. We motored to the back of the inlet to the same
we anchored before.
The boat house is still for sale. Rich is practicing driving the
dinghy standing up. We here it is common practice in the Bahamas to
avoid getting wet.
On Saturday morning, the paddle boat took out a group of people as
we were leaving the marina.
We left the Florence Marina after taking Edie back to the vet to have
her wounds flushed again. The folks at the marina are great! Tom
recommended a good vet and the marina provides a courtesy car to
transients. The manager's name is Eva and she is very
friendly and helpful. Florence has many attractions including
many local artists. We visited Helen Keller's birthplace in
Tuscumbia and went to First Friday in Florence. In Florence, on the
first Friday of each month many of the shops on Court St stay open
later and many local artists and craftsmen set up booths along Court
St. Our most interesting stop was at the studio of Tim Stevenson,
a nationally known local artist.
November 5-6, 2009
We got up early and took Edie to
the Shoals Animal Hospital. The Vet that took care of her
Dr. Nicki Snipes, she was very good with Edie and Edie was very good
for her although she was in pain. Edie needed to stay overnight
at the hospital to receive intravenous antibiotics. They took very good
care of her and she is healing slowly. Each day we flush her
wounds with antibacterial solution, give her pain medication and
antibiotics. The Vet said it could take as long as three weeks
for the wounds to heal and close. Our delay in having her treated
by a vet allowed infection to take hold in her system. If your
dog is bitten by another dog, you always need to have the bite treated
as possible. Our second blunder was in giving Edie baby aspirin
for pain. It irritated her stomach lining and caused her to vomit.
Rich flushes Edie's wounds twice a day, while I hold her
head and speak softly to her.
Our pictures of the visit to Florence are
on our Picasa Album. I am behind in updating the website due
Edie's injury. In addition we are having a lot of trouble with
our ATT connection. Many times we can connect to ATT GSM, but we
are unable to get on the web. It is very frustrating and I am
working with ATT to resolve our connectivity issues.
November 4, 2009
We're leaving Decatur to heading toward Florence.
We passed the Por Fin; they were heading to Decatur to visit as we were
The Joe Wheeler Lock and Dam is named after a famous Confederate
General. My father was also named after General Joe Wheeler.
This is the gate to Wheeler Lock from the inside.
Migratory Pelicans flying low to the water. There were long
groups of the Pelicans flying across the lake. It was interesting to
watch. Their reflection in the water made it seem as if there
were two lines of birds.
There several turtles sunning themselves on the remains of the old
Although we reached the Wilson Dam about 3:00 p.m. we has to wait two
hours before we could lock--in . It was getting dark by the time
we left the lock. We locked in with two other boats and all of us were
headed to the Florence Marina. We needed to stop to take Edie to
the Vet as her wounds were not healing.
November 1-3, 2009
This is the home that my father grew up in. My grandparents
bought the house when my dad was about five years old.
As a child I spent many hours swinging on the porch swing on the left
side of the porch and sitting on the glider next to the front door.
This Black Walnut tree and I are intimately acquainted. When I
was 12 years old, I hit the tree head-on with my cousin's Honda 90
motorcycle. I survived with only my dignity injured.